Five questions with

Bill Ruland

What do you think is the biggest issue facing Southold Town?


One of the biggest issues in Southold Town is how to continue protecting our environment by managing stormwater runoff which adversely affects our surface waters.

Tell us why you got into government?

I became interested in government while attending the Mattituck High School. I found the History and Government classes very interesting. In June 1965, I received the honor of attending the American Legion Boys State at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. This week-long experience, which taught the attendees all about our government and its workings, left a life-long impression on me. Then in September 1965, I was elected the Class President of our Senior Class. This began my career in politics.

What are you most proud of as an elected official?

Besides the projects that I have spearheaded and accomplished in my 12 years as Town Councilman, I am most proud of earning the respect of my colleagues as a representative who always listens and keeps all the people of the Town of Southold in my focus.

What is one thing you want to focus on in your next term?

One item I would like to work on in my next term is to continue working with all the departments to maximize the purchasing of goods and services. I would also like to continue pursuing lower costs of operation for all the town’s departments, but especially our fleet of vehicles.

Tell us something about you we would be surprised to learn.

Many people do not know that I was an accomplished trumpet player in high school and have continued to have a passion for all types of music.